I hope you had a great Christmas and that the New Year will be good to you. The main purpose of this email is to give you notice of the AGM which will be held on Tuesday 26 January at the Bricklayers Arms at 7pm but I would also like to take this opportunity to give you an update on Kimble CC, so please continue reading and please try to come to the AGM.
2015 was an excellent year on the pitch. The 2nd team got promoted from Division 9 and will now play at a standard that better matches their ability. The 1st team performed strongly and flirted with promotion from Division 4 but finally finished 5th but only one point behind the third placed team. Dan Bull and Tony Skeggs both deserve great credit for the way they captained and organised their teams, not just for the good performances but also for the spirit in which they played the game. Alex Bull also deserves a big thank you for the great cricket wickets he produced throughout the year. I genuinely believe that the spirit we play the game in and the quality of our wicket means that we are one of the favourite clubs for other teams to visit. Unfortunately, we sometimes take what we’ve got for granted and don’t realise how lucky we are to play for Kimble.
The biggest disappointment of 2015 is that our junior section which has traditionally been the life blood of the club has all but disappeared and even though we are hopeful of building it up again, it will take time and for the next few years we are not going to have a flow of juniors into the senior teams. This means that unless we can attract some new senior players or persuade existing players to pay more regularly we may struggle to put two teams out every Saturday and to fulfill all our Sunday fixtures. The consequence of this is that we could lose our place in the Cherwell League and be forced to play a lower standard of cricket and this could see the club going into long term decline. We therefore need to act now.
Off the pitch we held some really successful social events that provided some much needed income for the club and a big thank you is due to everyone who helped to organise these events. In 2016 we need to increase the number and variety of social and fundraising events and we would really like some new people to become involved and to help organise them to give them a new lease of life and to increase their reach.
One easy thing we can all do to help the club is to sign up for the Aylesbury Vale charity lottery that Tony Skeggs has set up. This is a good way of raising much needed funds for the club plus you get a chance to win prizes, the jackpot is £20,000.
Follow the link to our page on the Lottery site to find out more https://www.valelottery.co.uk/support/kimble-cricket-club
So here's my New Year’s message to all Kimble CC members:
- If you are a player who hasn’t played for a few years or has only played the odd game each season – please start playing again or commit to playing more games in 2016
- If you know someone who currently doesn’t play for a club or who might be persuaded to join Kimble – bring them to our winter nets
- If you are a parent with young children who would like to have a go at playing cricket – please contact me or Tony Skeggs
- If you have never attended a Kimble CC social event – please make sure you attend at least one in 2016
- If you have any ideas for new social or fundraising events and would be prepared to organise one – just let us know
- If you would like a say in how the club is run and to set its future direction – please put yourself forward as Chairman or volunteer to join the committee
- Come to our winter nets at Waddesdon School starting 3 Feb run by Dave Richards our excellent Head Coach
- Please attend the AGM on Tuesday 26 January at the Bricklayers Arms
All the best for 2016
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